Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning
Created on Monday, 07 August 2017 17:06
All unit owners recently received a flier regarding the need to have clothes dryer vents cleaned periodically. Please don't forget about or simply ignore this critical maintenance issue.
Clothes dryers should have their vents and vent pipes inspected and cleaned at least annually. Heavily used dryers may require more frequent cleaning.
The accompanying image shows a two-year accumulation of lint removed from a smooth-walled vent pipe connected to a gas dryer in one of our units. The amount of lint removed from this 10-foot length of pipe is substantial.
Ribbed accordion-style flex hoses are even less forgiving, since the ribbed walls catch and accumulate lint deposits even faster than smooth-walled pipe. Common complaints of lint buildup include reduced dryer efficiency (more time needed to dry the clothes). Heat backup in the dryer due to poor venting can also burn out thermal overload fuses in dryers, shutting them down completely.
In some cases, lint accumulations result in house fires.
Whether you do the work yourself, or hire a contractor to clean them for you, dryer vents demand periodic attention to ensure safe, efficient dryer operation.
Caliber Portal Q&A
Created on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:01
Notice of the new Caliber online portal has been both emailed and snail mailed to all unit owners. The addition of the Caliber portal gives both unit owners and Board members faster access to information about account status, and allows individual unit owners to ask for assistance with maintenance concerns. When this was originally discussed, the Board submitted several general questions to APM regarding cost and data security.
We encourage you to explore the portal and learn about the kinds of unit owner input and information available through its use.
1) How soon will this be fully functional? Our goal is to have Caliber fully functional by 9/1/17.
2) How much does it cost each month? per unit? for the entire association? The total cost to Silver Valley is $20 per month. This is a flat monthly charge to the entire association, not a per-unit charge. Unit owners will not receive any bills for this service.
3) Is the monthly cost billed to SVCA? The cost is billed to SVCA on their management fee invoice.
4) How is this better than what we do now? How do I benefit from using it? Why not just do what we always did? Owners will now have 24 hour access to information concerning their own account, including access to invoices and financials. Board members will have access to their own personal records, and also to association business data. Unit owner maintenance requests (Requests for Change, maintenance requests, etc.) can be submitted through the portal; they provide a tracking system for the Board and property manager.
5.) Can I opt out of having my data accessible online? Unit owners can call APM and request to be opted out of Caliber, altogether. Unit owners can also use the portal itself to opt out of specific information or make changes to certain individual account preferences.
6.) If I set up and make payments online, is it safe? Is the site secure and how is it protected? All payments are made through 3rd parties, just like online banking and credit card payments. All financial transactions are made on a bank or a payment processor website, not directly in Caliber Portal. To better protect account data, Caliber.Cloud uses SSL for all web services, including Portal.
7.) Is the database where all our personal data are stored secure? The database itself is secured with multiple usernames and passwords, and sensitive data are encrypted within the database.
Erosion Repairs Continue Between SVB and OS
Created on Monday, 10 July 2017 19:15
Erosion control measures have started on the hillside between Olson Spur and Silver Valley Blvd. We are aware that this area was pretty unsightly after the dead, damaged, and dying trees were removed eartlier this year.
Thankfully, crews are busy cleaning, clearing, and planting the hill, and adding rock and gravel to better channel and control the heavy erosion damage we have experienced from extremely heavy stormwater runoff.
There are several more drainage and landscaping issues being studied (and bid) right now, including replacement of the pathetic retaining wall between Silver Valley and Olson Spur.
Erosion Control Progress RSC/OS Part Two
Created on Monday, 10 July 2017 15:58
Several units on Ridge Side Court at the base of the hillside below Olson Spur have experienced flooded back patios and yards due to unusually high volumes of stormwater runoff and erosion over the last few years.
Landscapers have replanted grass in this area and added large rock barriers and gravel drains to disperse the water and better protect these units.
Created on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:30
We are often asked why we require a formal written Request for Change before approving a satellite dish installation.
The reason is simple: When it comes to slipshod installations, dish companies are perhaps the most irresponsible of all public utilities. They are worse than traditional cable companies, if you can imagine that.
The image to the right speaks volumes. The dish installers draped the cable between the main box and the closest gutter. In their laziness and complete disregard for our community, they then ran the cable through the gutters of three adjacent units before installing the dish—three doors down. (We have enough problems with leaves and gutter overflows without adding cables to the mix.)
This week, we called the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Attorney General of the great state of Ohio seeking some relief from these ham-fisted pirates. Both agencies told us that they are powerless to assist us, and that customers using these services are the only ones with any leverage to get these issues resolved. We'll follow up with the FCC, but don't hold your breath on that one.
The same companies routinely drill holes in roofs, feed cable through downspouts, and generally look for the fastest, easiest, and most unsightly way possible to run cable and mount hardware.
You might want to think about all this before signing up with the Pirates of the Cablestreamin'.
Erosion Control Progress RSC/OS Part One
Created on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:11
It sure looks like grass.
Landscapers planted a rye/bluegrass/fescue mix with a mesh retaining cover on the slope between Olson Spur and Ridge Side Court, and initial results are green and growing. Several large boulders were added as diverters to reduce washout, and the drainage swales were cleaned and restored with fresh gravel. The straw bales are temporary diverters to help reduce washout, and will be removed when the grass is established.
Our most recent cloudburst last week cut a few small tenches on the hillside, but crews from Impact were repairing and replanting them today (7.5.2017).
The same crews are working on similar issues on the eastern end of the property between Olson Spur and Silver Valley. This work includes similar erosion control measures, including treatment of areas where tree stumps were ground.